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Newsday‘s Pay Wall Experiment Yields Disappointing Results

newsnews234.jpgNo matter how you try to sugarcoat it, trying to make people pay for online news content isn’t easy. And Long Island daily Newsdayalready dealing with its fair share of negotiation problems between owner Cablevision and its staff — may now have to come to terms with the fact that its decision to put a $5 a week/$260 a year price tag on its site was a bad move.

According to John Koblin in The New York Observer, only 35 people have subscribed to pay for the site. And while it’s easy to mock those numbers, we’re more interested in why: is it because the people who pay to subscribe for sites usually do so in a national context (while Newsday is a local paper)? Is it the high price tag (or the hole in the pay wall)? Or is it that the content that Newsday puts out could be found elsewhere for free on the Internet? Or, most likely, is it because everyone who would read the content on Newsday‘s site can already access it as a subscriber of the print edition or a Cablevision customer?

Update: A spokesperson from Newsday.com issued FishbowlNY the following statement:

“Millions of Cablevision customers in the New York tri-state area and 75 percent of Long Island households, including all Newsday home delivery subscribers, now have exclusive access to newsday.com at no additional charge. Internal research shows that Newsday’s Web site is an extremely popular new benefit to hundreds of thousands of Long Island Cablevision households.”

Read More: After Three Months, Only 35 Subscriptions for Newsday’s Web SiteThe Observer

Previously: A Hole In Newsday’s Pay Wall, Newsday.com Sees Pay Wall-Induced Drop In Traffic , Newsday Staffers Vote Against Cablevision’s “Horrible and Unprecedented” Proposal

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Associated Press Plans Summit To Quell Employees’ Fears

associated.jpgWith possible layoffs putting The Associated Press on the top of our layoff watch, employees at the newswire are understandably anxious about losing their jobs. Silicon Alley Insider reports that an AP “Town Hall” meeting will be held next month, and that those concerns will probably be on the top of the list of issues addressed by CEO Tom Curley.

Curley says addressing employees via Q&A sessions are business as usual, but there is obviously one question on most workers’ minds: Will they have a job come Christmas?

Update: AP spokesperson Paul Colford has notified us that the town hall meeting has been scheduled since October 1, and that it’s primary focus will be on “the outcome of the AP’s recent management retreat at Lake Placid.”

Official memo about the conference after the jump.

AP Bigwigs Host Town Hall To Ease Paranoid Staffers — Silicon Alley Insider

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Hits Versus Content At Examiner.com, a.k.a The Best Email Ever

We can’t recommend enough this little gem that just landed in our inbox- a cautionary tale from local journalist L.J. Williamson:

Hey there,
I adore your blog, and I thought I’d share a funny little story about my time at Examiner.com with you.

You’re probably familiar with Examiner.com and other “pay per click” sites for writers. Even though the pay is dismal, I thought it might be useful in some way to be the “Los Angeles Family and Parenting” columnist for the site.

Yet after a short time, the whole setup began to grate on me and my (admittedly puny) sense of journalistic ethics, and it all just fed my outrage about the direction the world is going in. Is this really the future of journalism? There is no fact checking, no editing, no nothing except a regular series of emails from your “channel manager” imploring you to employ SEO and “viral marketing” to increase the number of hits your page gets, and writers are paid next to nothing. An example from one of their emails: “Examiners should avoid obscure references, no matter how ‘clever.’ Search engines don’t recognize cleverness.”

Examiner.com people see themselves as the new media vanguard — “I do see examiner.com replacing a number of the functions of local media,” says Michael Sherrod, Examiner.com’s CEO (http://cbs4denver.com).

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More On LAT Departures

exitwhite.jpgPer LA Observed: Chuck Philips has reportedly asked for a buyout, Marla Cone, Paul Brownfield, Deborah Schoch (whom this Fishy once went up against as a competitor many moons ago) are all bailing out. We wish them, and all the others, much, much luck.

[UPDATE: A reliable tipster tells us staffers have been told to expect another round of layoffs in two months -- to the tune of 100 more jobs.]

Dow Jones Committee Condemns News Corp. Handling of Brauchli Resignation

Add another chapter (and headache for Rupert Murdoch) to the imbroglio surrounding former Wall Street Journal managing editor Marcus Brauchli‘s departure: A report published this afternoon on WSJ‘s own site — essentially pitting News Corp. against Dow Jones in a moral mano y mano —asserts that the “special committee established to oversee The Wall Street Journal‘s editorial integrity said its members should have been informed earlier that the newspaper’s managing editor, Marcus Brauchli, had been pressured to resign.” But the damning article alone wasn’t all…

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A Familiar Face On Franklin Avenue

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We were perusing Franklin Ave., as we are want to do, and we happened upon this familiar face (the one on the right). The post was about the woman in the middle, Darleene Powells, who recently organized the AAJA panel on journalism and blogging. Powells, as Franklin Ave.’s Mike Schneider notes has been blogging for 10 years now. Schneider himself has been going strong for 5.

Happy anniversaries to both of you — and thanks for putting that aforementioned familiar face before us this a.m. We miss Kate around here.

[Update: The ever camera-shy Kate made us take down the photo. So much for that...]

BREAKING: Davan Maharaj Named L.A. Times ME

New Head Ed Russ Stanton promotes the former Business editor to the second-to-the-top spot and gives John Arthur the new title of executive editor.

More as we get it.

[UPDATE: Sources inside the newsroom say Davan is "a great guy who was a terrific reporter." But there is some concern about his resume: "He's also one of the least experienced MEs in history. Time will tell -- and probably not much time."]

Sam Zell Brings Hope, Leaves Sass At Home–But What About the Moosehead Joke

dfafasdfsd.jpegTribune Co. CEO Sam Zell visited the Newport News Daily Press newsroom yesterday and didn’t say anything. Sure, he offered a vision of hope and all. But Barack Obama could have given them that. We’re guessing the “D-Press” staff was hoping for a “fuck” here or a “tits” there, but, as it turns out, there was nary a pussy to be found.

You can sense the disappointment just dripping off this story they wrote about it:

Joined on stage by his second-in-command, Randy Michaels, and Daily Press Publisher Digby Solomon, Zell took a more tempered tone compared with more expletive-filled speeches he has delivered at tours of other Tribune newspapers over the last two months.

What happened? Is Zell trying to tone down his act?

Update:

The Tip Box yields this:

In Zell’s speech, there were actually a handful of expletives, but most of them by his #2. There was also a joke about Moosehead (in Virginia it’s known as a beer, in West Virginia it’s a misdemeanor.)

Updated: Beck Interview about “Alice in Wonderland” Film in 2003

UPDATE

The resourceful Richard found the original interview, and translated the best part. From the August 5, 2003 issue interview of Beck by Sandra Cesarale

What about [your debut] movie?

It will be full of energy and full of characters: some kind of Alice in Wonderland set in the 70s. It still doesn’t have a title. The director is a friend of mine and it will be her directorial debut. But I trust her. We will begin shooting in the Fall.

Now, deals fall apart and Hollywood friends aren’t. But why did Beck go to such lengths to deny the whole thing to Vanity Fair?

More Duncan/Blake drama. Beck denied ever discussing acting in Theresa Duncan’s film, Alice Underground in Vanity Fair, but long ago, and far away, he mentioned a project that sounds a whole lot like it in an interview with Corriere Della Sera

Beck allegedly told Italien newspaper Corriere Della Sera (the story is not on the paper’s terrible site and CDS is not indexed by Lexis Nexis) that he’s going to play in a movie this fall, “a kind of Alice in Wonderland” taking place in the 70s. The director a female friend of his and it’s her first film.

Small world or creepy coincidence: the Italian interview is cited by Emmanuelle Richard, who’s a friend of FBLA. Turns out, she was the first journalist (or one of the first) to get Beck to admit to belonging to the church of L. Ron.

E.R: Are you Jewish? AND scientologist?

B.: Well, my grandfather was a Presbytherian [sic] minister. My mother was Jewish and she raised us Jewish as well, but during the summer, I used to go stay with my grandparents and I’d go to Church. My parents were scientologists probably from the 60s… so I grew up around that too. I had a lot of influences.

Did Beck’s auditors wipe out too many memories?

Earlier:
Jeremy Blake’s Unfinished Work in Corcoran Show
Jeremy Blake Show Reviewed in NY Sun
Wit’s Autopost: Theresa Duncan Blog Lives On
Jeremy Blake Show Opens at Corcoran Gallery
Theresa Duncan, Jeremy Blake Screenplay Offered
Malcom McLaren: Jeremy Blake Was Gay
Newsweek On Theresa Duncan/Jeremy Blake
The Independent Obit of Jeremy Blake
Scientologist Leader Says Theresa Duncan Had Bizarre Delusions
Theresa Duncan Blog Remembered in LA Times, Again
How I Got That Story: Chris Lee, Kate Coe on Theresa Duncan
LA Times on Jeremy Blake, Theresa Duncan
Theresa Duncan on Journos: “I Talked Rings Around Them”
FBLA’s Kate Coe Lays Theresa Duncan Myths To Rest
Update: Theresa Duncan’s Death Confirmed
Theresa Duncan, Filmmaker, Reported Dead
If Los Angeles Was a Perfume…..

Jim Miklaszewski’s Troubling $30,000 Speech

0719miklas.jpgDid NBC Chief Pentagon Correspondent Jim Miklaszewski violated company policy by accepting $30,000 for a speaking engagement? He wasn’t even the originally planned speaker for the Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce’s Business Expo 2007 — NBC’s David Gregory had to drop out due to being sent on assignment. Putting aside our obvious question — who in their right mind would pay $30,000 for a Jim Miklaszewski talk — what does a Pentagon correspondent speak about when addressing a regional Chamber of Commerce convention?

How the Bush administration starting talking of attacking Iraq just hours after September 11th, naturally:

“His information, Miklaszewski told an audience of about 200 people, comes from some “off the record” notes taken in the White House situation room in the hours after the attacks. Miklaszewski said someone gave him the notes two years ago. He did not say who nor explain why, if they were “off the record” he was now sharing them with an audience. [...] Reading from his notes, Miklaszewski quoted Rumsfeld as saying five hours after the terrorist attacks: “My interest is to hit Saddam Hussein at the same time we go after al-Qaida.’”

Also, Miklaszewski called John Edwards a “loser.” Again, this is NBC’s Chief Pentagon Correspondent. Like, not retired. At least, not yet.

UPDATE: Want to book Jim at your next function. Here’s his listing on the Barber & Associates booking agency.

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